I'm surprised this thread is still going strong. Why don't we just inform Michael that there IS no "neutral verdict" and get on with discussing things with someone else who doesn't wear a foil-lined hat.
-@ Michael - He shall stand in Temple of god showing that he is a god -
The wars and blood shed over centuries caused by THREE religions fighting over the same pathetic piece of land - not the temple of god - it is misnamed - Temple of Doom - thousands murdered, blood in the streets, for the same frigging piece of land - stupid, territorial male, in the guise of religion.
And so, if god is everywhere, why on earth do they fight over one spot.
I have a vague recollection, about this temple, and that it was commissioned by Solomon, and built by demons, who were then put into jars - something like that - not just a scary story, in this case, this dangerous myth causes death and destruction.
Why did god allow it to be destroyed - if that was his house - which was, as the myth goes, built by demons - I don't believe in god or demons, the whole thing is rubbish - it is just that this one place causes so much despair.
And you, by supporting one particular franchise of these myths, and also supporting the notion of your particular loving god, are also perpetuating the violence.
The welcome mat is out for you Michael - think about the side that has no place in the murder, rape and bloodshed over a building and a wall where loads of people bang their heads against.
RE: "Why did god allow it to be destroyed - if that was his house" - because the Jews didn't kiss his ass they way he wanted them to (Jews kiss ass from right to left, rather then left to right, as we heathens do), so he did that and had the people taken into the Babylonian captivity as punishment. That's when much of the Torah was written, not by Moses, but by Jewish priests and zealots in captivity, in an effort to regain control of the Jewish people.
Interestingly, when they were finally freed when Babylon (in Iraq) was conquered by the Persians (Iranians), many of the Jews stayed in Babylon, rather than going back to Palestine.